Chabot Space and Science Center
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Chabot Space and Science Center

Complete Address

10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619


(510) 336-7300

General Email Address
Description Bringing astronomy to the Bay Area for over 110 years, the Center enables Oakland to “touch the stars” via telescopes and planetarium shows. Now in its new location, a facility which features telescopes, the Zeiss Universarium Planetarium, Mega Systems Theater, exhibit halls, labs and classrooms plus a challenger learning center. The Center offers Oakland even more opportunities to explore astronomy and science. Youth volunteers who are at least 13 and have completed seventh grade are eligible to apply to the youth program.
Days Open

Regular Hours

MON - FRI: Closed
SAT & SUN: 10 AM - 5 PM


Public Telescope Viewings

FRI & SAT: 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, weather permitting

Duration Year Round

0-5, 6-12, 13-18

All ages. There's something for everyone.


General Admission Prices:

*Adult $24
*Senior $19
*Student $19
*Youth (2 - 12) $19
*Child (under 2) FREE

• Children ages 2-12 pay the Youth Admission price. Children under 2 are free.
• Seniors (ages 65+) and Students (ages 12-18 or with a valid college ID) receive discounted admission.
• Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office to redeem coupons or to receive ASTC or ACM reciprocal membership benefits.


Accessibility Wheelchair access
Nearby Bus Lines 53
Nearby BART Stops Fruitvale (but it's a long way away- not bike-able or walk-able)
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Leadership Opportunities? Donate and help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators and dreamers. Become a member and support Chabot’s mission while receiving valuable benefits including unlimited admission for a year and much more. Volunteer and share your skills and passion or join our team as an employee.

Additional Details:

The Chabot Space & Science Center is a center for people to learn about the Universe and the Planet.


Tyke Explorers Workshop at Chabot Space & Science Center: Tuesdays, 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. For ages 2.5-5 years. Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration. 

Free Telescope Viewing

The public is invited to Chabot Space and Science center every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM for free viewing through their telescopes on their outside observation deck. You will want to enter around the back and not the front, as the other services and exhibits require you to buy a ticket (or purchase a membership for easy repeat visits.)

Sometime telescope viewing is not available because of weather (high humidity, or high winds can close things down), or because of special events. It is best to check the status on their web site before making the long trek up the hill.

Additional Links

This organization is listed in the Youth Services Directory.